What I wrote about Adobe Reader MSI patching has a major flaw: you cannot under any circumstances update Adobe Reader after installing it with the modified MSI. I had to find another way…
Good news, it’s a lot easier now.
- First of all obtain the latest Adobe Reader Installer from this page: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
- Extract the contents of the downloaded archive using the following command: InstallerName.exe -nos_ne which will extract the contents to: %userprofile%\AppData\Local\AdobeReader 9.0\Setup Files\READER9 for Reader 9 and C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Setup… for Reader X.
- Optional for X (since Adobe seems to have caught up): download updates from this page, then add them to the default install by editing the setup.ini file with the following line in the [Product] section:
This should allow you to install Adobe Reader in its most up to date version without too much headache.
- Download the Adobe Customization Wizard for 9 or Adobe Customization Wizard for X and set the settings you like, make sure an AcroRead.mst file is created next to the MSI. That will enable you to run setup.exe without switches in a completely unattended mode.